Golden State tries to take a 3-0 lead over San Antonio in the NBA Western Conference finals
Warriors rookie Patrick McCaw was one of the heroes in the Game 2 victory over the Spurs at Oracle Arena. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Game 3 Tipoff: 6 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Center. TV: ESPN. Radio: KGMZ 95.7 “The Game” in Oakland and San Francisco, KRTY 95.3 in San Jose, KUIC 95.3 in Solano County, KION 1460 and 101.1 in Salinas and Monterey.
Game 1: The Warriors roared back from a 25-point deficit, aided by the absence of Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, and won 113-111 at Oracle Arena. Leonard was injured when Zaza Pachulia stepped into Leonard’s landing zone on a jump shot. Leonard came down on Pachulia’s foot and sprained his left ankle. That came with 7:55 left in the third quarter and San Antonio in front 78-55. Up until then, Leonard was the best player on the floor with 26 points and eight rebounds. But as soon as he left the game, Golden State went on an 18-0 run. Stephen Curry led the third-quarter rally with 19 points, including four 3-pointers. He finished with 40 points. Kevin Durant scored 34, including 20 in the second half.
Game 2: The Warriors let the short-handed Spurs know that they meant business in a 136-100 shellacking at Oracle. Golden State rolled out to a 33-16 lead after one quarter and 72-44 at halftime. The Warriors led by 41 points in the fourth quarter. In the first three quarters — excluding an entire fourth period of garbage time — the Warriors led 106-76, shot 58.1 percent from the field and 51.7 percent on 3-pointers, had 31 assists and 10 steals. They also held the Spurs to 35.1 percent from the field and 29.4 percent on 3-pointers. Leonard missed the game because of his left ankle injury.
REMAINING SERIES SCHEDULE
Game 4: Monday, May 22 at AT&T Center, 6 p.m. ESPN
Game 5: Wednesday, May 24 at Oracle Arena, 6 p.m. ESPN
Game 6: Friday, May 26 at AT&T Center, 6 p.m. ESPN
Game 7: Sunday, May 28 at Oracle Arena, 6 p.m. ESPN
Leonard was ruled out Saturday morning after San Antonio’s shootaround. Without him, the rest of the Spurs will have to duplicate their Leonard-less Game 6 performance at Houston in the Western Conference finals — and do it against a team with more heart than the Rockets.
WARRIORS INJURY REPORT
Warriors sixth man Andre Iguodala is listed as questionable because of soreness in his left knee. He missed Game 2 after playing only 10 minutes in Game 1, sitting out the second half. … Pachulia, Public Enemy No. 1 in San Antonio, is questionable because of a right heel contusion. … Coach Steve Kerr, who hasn’t coached since Game 2 of the Portland series, made the trip to San Antonio but will not be on the bench. Kerr, who is recovering from a May 5 procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak incurred two years ago, was at Oracle Arena for Games 1 and 2 and addressed the team at halftime of both games.